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Senior Purchaser Planner

Company: Thorlabs
Location: Sterling
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Job Description:

Senior Purchaser Planner

Job Description

The Senior Purchaser Planner will be responsible for, but not limited to, managing the supply chain and inventory, and production scheduling functions for the Imaging Systems Group. They will be working with operations, manufacturing, research and development, internal sales, and overseas offices. Other tasks of the planning/purchasing position will include project work to reduce costs and improve processes as well as on ongoing vendor evaluations.

Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:

--Key Purchasing and Planning tasks:

  • Use the Microsoft Axapta Dynamics MRP computer system to purchase and plan all products
  • Use Power BI reports to develop metrics to be able to ensure good on time delivery of products and reduce zero stock SKUs
  • Develop daily purchasing, expediting, date and data management
  • Produce daily planning scheduling/ re-scheduling/ date and data management
  • Release, monitor and close work orders to support the build plan and open sales orders
  • Generate purchasing requirements to ensure timely fulfillment of customer orders
  • Generate, monitor, close and control production orders for machine shop.
  • Schedule the availability of sufficient parts necessary to ensure the timely, uninterrupted flow of manufacturing processes and schedules
  • Develop a plan and schedule to ensure the efficient and continual performance of manufacturing cell production
  • Product Availability and Lead Time calculation
    --Key Document control tasks:
    • Manage the data entry, document revision and control in TECM. Assist in positioning Engineering Change Orders (ECO) with proper ECO classification and including all products affected by the changes.
    • Responsible for reviewing MRP Item Master fields and settings, electronically filing drawings, assembly instructions and miscellaneous engineering paperwork.
    • Collecting and maintaining files of the latest revision level documentation necessary to process initial releases, corrections, and revisions to accurately control manufacturing processes.
    • Initiates and participates in purchasing improvement and cost reduction programs
    • Generate special and periodic reports as required or directed
    • Inventory Control and Inventory Planning (Safety Stock, forecast, build/order size)
    • Vendor Relationship Management
      Physical Activities: This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 25 pounds.

      Job Requirements

      • Minimum of 3 years' experience as a Purchaser or Planner in a manufacturing and product development environment
      • Mastery of ERP system (SAP, Microsoft Axapta Dynamics preferred)
        • Bachelor's degree, in business or related field. A technical degree or equivalent experience may be substituted
        • APICS certification preferred
          Specialized Knowledge and Skills:
          • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills (pivot tables, formulas, v-lookups, macros)
          • Strong Inventory planning skills (Understanding of safety stock, forecasting, and made-to-order products)
          • Strong understanding of how a product moves through an ERP system
          • Strong knowledge of transaction processing
          • Strong ability to understand the capacity of production teams and accurately calculate lead times and production bottlenecks
          • Understanding of product pricing and the ability to analyze costs against the profit margin
          • Strong ability to build and manage all aspects of vendor relationships
          • Strong knowledge of supply risk analysis / contingency planning
            • Proven record of and demonstrable both internal and external customer centricity
            • Strong sense of ownership, initiative and the determination to continually improve
            • Strong written and verbal communication skills
            • Excellent organizational skills and problem solving skills
            • Strong conflict resolution management skills.
            • Strong ability to work well in a group atmosphere, and comply with high quality standards.
            • Strong ability to shift from one task to another to address changing production priorities.
            • Ability to perform root cause analysis
            • Strong ability to interface with engineering, production and marketing departments and interact with individuals at all levels of an organization
            • Highly flexible and able to quickly adapt and implement process changes.
              Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.

              Company Profile

              Thorlabs is a manufacturer of photonics components, instruments, and systems, our vast product portfolio includes over 20,000 items, ranging from optics and optomechanical positioning components to imaging systems, many of which are customer inspired. Photonics is the foremost technology driving innovation in science and engineering. As the number of technological innovations has grown, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever-increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments.

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